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Thursday, October 30, 2014

If you are looking for work in Saskatchewan, there are various places to look. You will need to make personal contact with employers and learn about the job market.

In Saskatchewan, advertised job openings may be found on job websites, in newspapers, at job fairs and or on community bulletin boards.  It is also important to know that some jobs are never advertised and are part of the hidden job market.   You hear about these jobs through other people - friends and acquaintances.  You may need to learn more about your occupation in Saskatchewan before you start looking for work.  If so, click here.

Thinking about immigrating through the SINP?

In-country or overseas job seekers need to make connections to employment opportunities in the province.  Getting a job offer is the first step in the immigration process.   

Job seekers can access information about available employment opportunities through our saskjobs.ca website. You can also check out other websites for jobs in the section below called “Job Websites”.

As well, job seekers are encouraged to find employment opportunities that match their skills and experience through online research and connecting directly with Saskatchewan employers in their field.  

For questions related to the immigration process or the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), we have client services representatives available by phone (001) 306-798-7467 or email immigration@gov.sk.ca. Or you can find out more information by looking at the answers to Common Questions.

Steps for Obtaining Work in Saskatchewan

Permanent Work (outside of Canada)

The key steps for finding permanent work and becoming a permanent resident in Saskatchewan include the following:

  1. The foreign worker must first connect with a job opportunity in Saskatchewan that meets the eligibility criteria of the SINP International Skilled Worker Category.
  2. Then the foreign worker applies to the SINP, and if s/he meets the criteria, is nominated through the SINP selection process.
  3. The foreign worker uses the nomination letter to apply for a work permit (nomination letter replaces an Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in this process).  (This is an optional step – if a work permit is not desired, skip to #5.)
  4. If the foreign worker receives a work permit, he/she can relocate to Saskatchewan temporarily.
  5. The foreign worker submits an application for permanent residence to CIC as a provincial nominee.
  6. CIC reviews the application according to its admissibility requirements.
  7. If the application meets CIC’s criteria, CIC issues the foreign worker a Permanent Resident Visa.

Temporary Work

The key steps for working temporarily in Saskatchewan include the following:

  1. The job seeker first needs to connect with a job opportunity in Saskatchewan. (If the hiring employer already has a LMO, skip to #4)
  2. The employer then needs to apply to Service Canada for a LMIA.
  3. If the employer receives a positive LMO, the business can hire foreign workers.
  4. The employer provides a copy of the LMO to the worker to apply for a work permit with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
  5. The foreign worker uses the LMO to apply for a work permit.
  6. If the foreign worker receives a work permit, he/she can relocate to Saskatchewan temporarily.

Note:  If a foreign worker that is in Saskatchewan on a temporary work permit meets the eligibility criteria for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), s/he can transition to permanent residence while already working temporarily in the province.

Permanent Work (transition from temporary foreign worker to permanent resident)

If you are already working temporarily in Saskatchewan, the key steps for finding permanent work and becoming a permanent resident in Saskatchewan include the following:

  1. The in-Saskatchewan foreign worker first determines if s/he meets the eligibility criteria for nomination by the SINP.
  2. Then the foreign worker applies to the SINP, and if s/he meets the criteria, is nominated through the SINP selection process.
  3. The foreign worker submits an application for permanent residence to CIC as a provincial nominee.
  4. CIC reviews the application according to its admissibility requirements.
  5. If the application meets CIC’s criteria, CIC issues the foreign worker a Permanent Resident Visa.

Note:  Foreign workers may be eligible to apply for a federal immigration stream as well, in which case they would apply directly to CIC. 

Job Websites

The following websites list job openings across Saskatchewan.  New jobs are posted regularly, so it is a good idea to visit these sites often.

  • Saskjobs.ca is the largest job-posting site in Saskatchewan.  It has job postings in entry-level, trade, professional and management positions.  Jobs are listed by occupation and region.  A description of each job and information on how to apply are provided.
  • Health Careers in Saskatchewan lists healthcare jobs with Saskatchewan Regional Health Authorities and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.
  • Saskatchewan Government Careers lists jobs available in the provincial government.
  • Job Bank is a Government of Canada's website that helps you find some of the jobs currently available across the country and information about occupational outlooks, required licenses, training options, links with regulatory bodies, and wages.       
  • A list of other websites for Saskatchewan jobs can be found on Saskjobs.ca.

After you arrive in Saskatchewan, here are some organizations that may be able to help you find work.

  • Canada-Saskatchewan Labour Market Services Centres:  There are 19 Canada-Saskatchewan Labour Market Services Offices across Saskatchewan.  Staff at these offices can help you find information on career and job opportunities, training, and/or education options.
  • Regional Newcomer Gateways:  can refer you to an employment counselor to help you find available jobs in your area.

Hidden Job Market

Tell your friends, relatives, neighbours and acquaintances that you are looking for work and ask them to let you know of any job opportunities they hear about that might interest you.

Many jobs in Saskatchewan are not advertised.  Because of this, they are referred to as the hidden job market.  Information about available work is circulated through managers, employees, family, friends and acquaintances.  The most effective way to find work in the hidden job market is through "networking."

Networking

Networking means talking to people - people you know, people you don't know and people you have just met.  You can network anywhere with anyone other parents at your child's school events, your neighbours, teachers, counselors, religious leaders, health care professionals and community leaders.  Let them know you are looking for work and ask them if they know of anyone who is hiring. Other ways of networking include contacting employers directly, attending job fairs and talking with people or professional associations in your field of work. 

When you talk to people, give them a business card.  Business cards are a way to show you are serious about finding work, and give people a way to contact you if they hear of any job opportunities.  You can create business cards at home on a computer or have them printed at an office supply store. 



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